Bard Academy at Simon's Rock
FALL 2017 Course Schedule
as of September 19, 2017
Important Dates:
Classes begin Monday Aug. 28, 2017
Classes end Tuesday Dec. 19, 2017
M - Monday, T - Tuesday, W - Wednesday, R - Thursday, F - Friday
CL1 - Classroom building 1, CL3 - Classroom building 3, DAC - Daniel Arts Center, FSH - Fisher Science Center, HCC - Hall College Center, KLG - Kellogg Music Center, LC - Lecture Center, LIE - Liebowitz International Center
FOCUS Report
Course Number Title Day/Time/Room Instructor Books Max Current Wait
ARTS 010M 1 Graphic Design M 2:10-4:10 PM and W 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-028 Mark Schane-Lydon Books 15 9 0
ARTS 010M 2 Graphic Design M 2:10-4:10 PM and W 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-028 Mark Schane-Lydon Books 15 9 0
ARTS 011M 1 Film-Making M 2:10-4:10 PM and W 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-120 Susan Ades Books 15 8 0
ARTS 011M 2 Film-Making M 2:10-4:10 PM and W 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-120 Susan Ades Books 15 11 0
ARTS 04M 1 Dance M 2:10-4:10 PM and W 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-116 Kati Garcia-Renart Books 15 11 0
ARTS 04M 2 Dance M 2:10-4:10 PM and W 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-116 Kati Garcia-Renart Books 15 9 0
ARTS 07M 1 Behind the Scenes in Theater M 2:10-4:10 PM and W 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-002 Aimee Michel Books 15 11 0
ARTS 07M 2 Behind the Scenes in Theater M 2:10-4:10 PM and W 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-002 Aimee Michel Books 15 11 0
BIO 01LM 1Y2 Biology Lab R 9:00-10:25 AM in FSH-202 Alec Schmidt   14 7 0
BIO 01LM 2Y2 Biology Lab R 9:00-10:25 AM in FSH-202 Alec Schmidt   14 11 0
BIO 01M 1Y2 Introduction to Biology MWF 9:00-9:55 AM in CL3-10 Erin McMullin Books 15 7 0
BIO 01M 2Y2 Introduction to Biology MWF 10:05-11:00 AM in CL3-10 Erin McMullin Books 15 11 0
Computer Science
CMPT 01A Y1A Computer Science MTWF 9:00-9:55 AM in FSH-112 Jackson Liscombe Books 15 12 0
CMPT 01A Y1B Computer Science MTWF 10:05-11:00 AM in FSH-112 Jackson Liscombe Books 15 12 0
Environmental Studies
ENVS 01M 1Y2 Introduction to Agroecology T 10:05-11:00 AM in CL3-10 and MWF 10:05-11:00 AM in FSH-202 Thomas Coote Books 15 11 0
ENVS 01M 2Y2 Introduction to Agroecology T 9:00-9:55 AM in CL3-10 and MWF 9:00-9:55 AM in FSH-202 Thomas Coote Books 15 7 0
Learning Resources
LR 001 A Advisory Meeting F 11:10-11:40 AM in CL3-10 Kristy McMorris   15 11 0
LR 001 B Advisory Meeting F 11:10-11:40 AM in CL3-11 Sara Mugridge   15 10 0
LR 001 C Advisory Meeting F 11:10-11:40 AM in CL3-12 Susan Lyon   15 10 0
LR 001 D Advisory Meeting F 11:10-11:40 AM in CL3-14 Jackson Liscombe   15 11 0
LR 003 Wellness and Recreation F 2:00-4:00 PM in - staff   40 42 0
LING 01A Beginning Linguistics MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in LIV-INFL Mark Hopkins Books 15 14 0
LIT 03A Y1A Exploring Genre, Exploring Our World MR 1:05-2:00 PM and T 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-12 Kristy McMorris Books 15 10 0
LIT 03A Y1B Exploring Genre, Exploring Our World R 2:10-3:35 PM and TW 1:05-2:00 PM in CL3-12 Kristy McMorris Books 15 9 0
LIT 04A Y2 Life on the Hyphen: American Multicultural Literature MR 1:05-2:00 PM and T 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-14 Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez Books 15 13 0
LIT 05A Y2 Intercultural Literatures: Global Textualities TW 1:05-2:00 PM and R 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-14 Rebecca Fiske Books 15 10 0
MATH 01A A Algebra I with Geometry MTWF 9:00-9:55 AM in CL3-12 Robert Putz Books 15 7 0
MATH 01A B Algebra I with Geometry MTWF 10:05-11:00 AM in CL3-12 Eric Hayden Books 15 8 0
MATH 02A A Algebra II and Trigonometry MTWF 9:00-9:55 AM in CL3-11 Eric Hayden Books 15 11 0
MATH 02A B Algebra II and Trigonometry MTWF 10:05-11:00 AM in CL3-11 Amanda Landi Books 15 10 0
MUS 001 Collegium M 7:30-9:00 PM in KLG Lucy Bardo   10 0 0
MUS 002 Chamber Orchestra R 7:30-9:00 PM in KLG Anne Legene   10 2 0
MUS 003 Jazz Ensemble T 7:30-9:00 PM in KLG John Myers   10 2 0
MUS 004 Chorus W 7:00-9:00 PM in KLG Jack Brown   10 3 0
MUS 005 Madrigal Group M 3:45-5:10 PM in KLG Jack Brown   10 1 0
Music: Community Music Program - Private Lessons (fees apply)
MUS 080 P Applied Music: Trombone TBD David Wampler   15 0 0
MUS 081 P Applied Music: Bassoon TBD staff   15 0 0
MUS 082 P Applied Music: Recorder TBD Judith Dansker-DePaolo   15 0 0
MUS 083 P Applied Music: Harp TBD Teresa Mango   15 0 0
MUS 084 P Applied Music: Gamba TBD Lucy Bardo   15 0 0
MUS 085 P Applied Music: Saxophone TBD David Pearlson   15 0 0
MUS 087 P Applied Music: Clarinet TBD David Pearlson   15 0 0
MUS 088 P Applied Music: Trumpet TBD Allan Dean   15 0 0
MUS 089 P Applied Music: Mandolin TBD Suzanne A.M. Higgins   15 0 0
MUS 090 P Applied Music: Piano TBD Anne Chamberlain   15 4 0
MUS 091 P Applied Music: Voice TBD Jack Brown and Gigi Teeley   15 1 0
MUS 092 P Applied Music: Flute TBD Sharon Powers   15 0 0
MUS 093 P Applied Music: Guitar TBD Suzanne A.M. Higgins   15 1 0
MUS 095 P Applied Music: Cello TBD Anne Legene   15 0 0
MUS 096 P Applied Music: Percussion TBD Peter Sweeney   15 0 0
MUS 097 P Applied Music: Oboe TBD Judith Dansker-DePaolo   15 0 0
MUS 098 P Applied Music: Bass TBD Peter Toigo   15 0 0
MUS 099 P Applied Music: Violin/Viola TBD Eric Martin   15 0 0
Social Science
SOCS 04A Constitution & Amendments TW 1:05-2:00 PM and R 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-10 David Baum Books 15 11 0
SOCS 07A Philosophical Puzzles TW 1:05-2:00 PM and F 12:30-1:45 PM in CL3-11 Samuel Ruhmkorff Books 15 12 0
SOCS 08A The Examined Social Life: An Introduction to the Social Studies MR 1:05-2:00 PM and T 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-10 Anne O'Dwyer Books 15 13 0
SOCS 09A We are still here: Native American Cultures and Histories MR 1:05-2:00 PM and T 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-11 Nancy Bonvillain Books 15 6 0
World Languages and Cultures - Chinese
CHIN 01A Beginning Chinese I MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in LIB-LAB Yinxue Zhao Books 12 7 0
World Languages and Cultures - French
FREN 02A Beginning French II MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in CL3-10 Maryann Tebben Books 12 6 0
World Languages and Cultures - Spanish
SPAN 01A Beginning Spanish I MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in CL3-11 Katherine Pichard Books 15 7 0
SPAN 02A Beginning Spanish II MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in CL3-12 Mileta Roe Books FOCUS Report
ARTS010M: Graphic Design Home
What is Graphic Design? It is the pinnacle of all the visual arts. It is where you can use a painting or a photograph to communicate an idea or provoke thought. Through the
magic of Photoshop and Illustrator, combined with the dark arts of color and fonts, you can move people to part with their hard earned treasures. Graphic design is all around
us, and in seven short weeks I will give you the foundation you need to build an empire using visual communication. Just do it.
ARTS011M: Film-Making Home
In this seven-week course, students work in a crew to make a short movie. Topics comprise: Story vs Plot (Inciting Incident), Deus Ex Machina (Actors aren't robots),
Storyboards (The Visual Story), Anatomy of a Scene (Cinematography), Production (Principle Photography), Post Editing (The Cutting Edge).
ARTS04M: Dance Home
In this studio-based class, students will begin to explore the various facets of the world of dance. Through movement exploration, observation, discussion and reflection,
students will be exposed to a sampling of dance styles ranging from ballet to hiphop. Students will be introduced to fundamental dance technique, terminology, improvisation,
and beginning dance composition. Historical overviews of the development of classical ballet, modern dance, Jazz, tap and social dances of the 19th and 20th century will be
presented through short readings and viewings. This class is for all levels; no previous experience necessary.
ARTS07M: Behind the Scenes in Theater Home
Join us behind the scenes in the theater where, over the course, of seven weeks, you will be introduced to the various parts that make up the whole of creating theater. You
will explore acting, directing, costume design and construction, lighting design, set design, sound design and stage management so that by the end of your time you will have
an understanding of all elements that go into creating a theater production. The fall production in the McConnell theater will be a Shakespeare play so there may even be a
little stage combat in the mix! No theater experience necessary.
BIO01M: Introduction to Biology Home
This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the basic principles of biology. A major emphasis of this course is to help students develop scientific literacy,
and to increase students' excitement and interest in the biological sciences. We will learn basic cell biology, genetics, structure and function of plants and animals,
evolutionary theories, and how organisms interact in an ecosystem. Laboratory work is an integral part of this curriculum. During our laboratory investigations, we will apply
the logic of scientific thinking to build testable hypotheses, carry out experiments, and collect and analyze data.
CHIN01A: Beginning Chinese I Home
China has one of the world's oldest and richest continuous cultures, and the nation is one of the largest trading partners of the United States. Students who select Chinese as
their language of study are introduced to basic vocabulary and to fundamental structures of the language while they simultaneously develop listening, speaking, reading, and
writing skills in the target language. They become acquainted with pinyin, the Chinese pronunciation system and also acquire a written vocabulary of more than 800 characters.
This course is taught immersion-style and pays ample attention to various facets of Chinese culture: students explore features of culture and daily life in China through
discussions, multi-media presentations, songs, calligraphy, and films.
CMPT01A: Computer Science Home
Computer Science at Bard Academy teaches algorithmic thinking via computer programming. Algorithmic thinking is a way of getting to a solution through the clear definition of
the steps needed; no magic or hand-waving. An algorithm is a set of instructions or rules that if followed precisely (whether by a person or a computer) leads to answers to
both the original and similar problems. Algorithmic thinking is useful in any discipline that requires problem-solving. Computer programming is the process of writing down an
algorithm for a computer to follow. Not only is computer programming fun, but it also tells us, definitively whether we have developed an air-tight algorithm. In this class
computer programming is done in JavaScript or Python.
(This course has a materials fee.)
ENVS01M: Introduction to Agroecology Home
Intro to Agroecology uses the Simon's Rock Farm as the focal point for exploring the application of ecologically sound practices in agriculture within the greater context of
the world's industrial food system. Students explore the production of food through research projects involving the crops we grow on the farm, the results of which are then
applied to the future management of the crop system. The course will introduce students to the philosophical and scientific rationale for alternative agricultural methods and
explores some of the farming systems found around the globe. A significant portion of the class involves labor on the farm harvesting the year's crop and preparing for winter.
Through this labor, research, and assigned readings students will explore and obtain a firm understanding of the challenges of producing one of our most basic necessities.
FREN02A: Beginning French II Home
French is Europe's second most widely spoken mother tongue with over 77 million speakers, and there are 24 francophone countries in Africa. In addition, it is the second most
widely learned world language after English. More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. This is the second year in a two-year sequence that prepares
students for Intermediate French at the college-level and offers an immersion-style approach to the mastery of high-frequency vocabulary and basic structures of the French
language. Students develop hearing, speaking, reading, and writing skills, along with knowledge of the regional and cultural diversity of the French-speaking world through
select readings, songs, films, and multi-media exposes. Prerequisites: FREN 01A/B or sufficient performance on French Placement Exam.
LING01A: Beginning Linguistics Home
In this course, we will begin the study of language. We will not be studying any particular language, but rather the structure of language itself. Topics that will be explored
include the systems of sounds that exist in human languages, the ways that words are constructed internally and the ways that words are put together into larger constructions
such as phrases and sentences. In addition to readings, students will start to analyze language patterns by working with exercises and data beginning with English but then
including problems from many languages throughout the world in order to get a sense of the variety of methods used to construct words and sentences.
LIT03A: Exploring Genre, Exploring Our World Home
Within this course, we will read literature in its many forms, from short stories to poetry and from drama to the novel and non-fiction. As we encounter different types of
texts, we will consider all the things that literature can (and possibly should) do as well as gain an understanding of the limits and possibilities of each generic form. We
will encounter these texts as readers and critics, both engaging the texts for the pleasure of reading but also to uncover their many dimensions of meaning. In this course,
we will grow as writers through informal and creative responses to texts and ideas as well as through longer analytical essays. By the end of the semester, we will all gain
the necessary preparation for continued study within literature and beyond as students within Bard Academy.
LIT04A: Life on the Hyphen: American Multicultural Literature Home
Through close reading of a series of memoirs by Americans who grew up in ethnic American families (African American/Jewish, Chinese American, Native American, Mexican
American), we will explore how the imprint of family heritage is visible in the ways these writers described their childhood and youth. Each primary text will serve as a lens
through which to examine how race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion and physical location intersect to form individual and collective social identities. Ancillary readings
will offer other voices and perspectives, and the class will engage in a collaborative research project that will delve deeper into the historical and social contexts
surrounding the primary texts. Regular response journals and short writing assignments will work up to the midterm and final papers.
LIT05A: Intercultural Literatures: Global Textualities Home
This course foregrounds the ways that literature entwines with the cultures that produce them. Through reading, writing and discussing a wide variety of seminal global texts
from antiquity to the present, students will encounter authors who have shaped and been shaped by world views. Further, students will focus on how to read and discuss literary
texts closely and carefully in order to develop and express their thoughts succinctly.
LR001: Advisory Meeting Home
Year 1 homeroom.
LR003: Wellness and Recreation Home
Active Community Involvement: Selected topics.
MATH01A: Algebra I with Geometry Home
Algebra is the extension of the rules of arithmetic to operations involving both numbers and symbols, which may represent known or unknown numeric quantities. It is the
foundation of all higher mathematics and indispensable in many occupations and in everyday life. Topics explored in this year-long course will include the principles of
logic (which form the foundation of proof techniques), the properties of arithmetic operations, lines and linear functions, rates and proportions, Euclidean geometry, and
working with algebraic expressions.
MATH02A: Algebra II and Trigonometry Home
This course is intended to give students a thorough grounding in the mathematics required to succeed in the basic sciences, as well as to prepare students for progressing to
the study of calculus. Topics build on Algebra I to include a more in-depth exploration of elementary algebra and extensive coverage of the principles of quadratic equations.
Students will learn to solve polynomial equations and graph polynomial functions; to graph rational functions with one or two vertical asymptotes; and to find inverse
functions. Logarithmic and exponential functions are also covered. Much of the second semester will be a study of trigonometry of the unit circle, including
graphing trigonometric functions and solving trigonometric equations.
MUS001: Collegium Home
The Collegium (early music ensemble) will explore early music through playing period instruments such as recorders and viols, and singing. Guitarists, violinists, and cellists
may also be accepted. Each semester will focus on music of a particular country or genre. Simon's Rock owns a tenor and bass recorder as well as treble, tenor, and bass viols,
which are free to the users. Students wishing to play recorder should expect to bring their own soprano and/or alto recorders. Plastic recorders, which work very well, can be
purchased very inexpensively. Rental instruments may be available for a modest fee. Music will usually be provided, with the caveat that during some semesters students may be
required to buy a particular collection of music as part of specific studies. Participation in a final concert as well as regular class attendance is required for receiving
credit and a Pass/Fail grade. Students will be expected to practice outside of classes.
MUS002: Chamber Orchestra Home
The chamber ensemble is engaged in the reading, rehearsal, and performance of classical and modern literature for larger chamber and smaller orchestral ensembles. It is open
to students of intermediate to advanced skill on orchestral instruments (strings, woodwind, brass). Individual students may be selected to perform solo concertos with the
MUS003: Jazz Ensemble Home
The rehearsal and reading of jazz literature from a wide range of styles. Open to all students and community members by audition. Some ability to read music is required.
MUS080: Applied Music: Trombone Home
Private music lessons.
MUS081: Applied Music: Bassoon Home
Private music lessons.
MUS082: Applied Music: Recorder Home
Private music lessons.
MUS083: Applied Music: Harp Home
Private music lessons.
MUS084: Applied Music: Gamba Home
Private music lessons.
MUS085: Applied Music: Saxophone Home
Private music lessons.
MUS087: Applied Music: Clarinet Home
Private music lessons.
MUS088: Applied Music: Trumpet Home
Private music lessons.
MUS089: Applied Music: Mandolin Home
Private music lessons.
MUS090: Applied Music: Piano Home
Private music lessons.
MUS091: Applied Music: Voice Home
Private music lessons.
MUS092: Applied Music: Flute Home
Private music lessons.
MUS093: Applied Music: Guitar Home
Private music lessons.
MUS095: Applied Music: Cello Home
Private music lessons.
MUS096: Applied Music: Percussion Home
Private music lessons.
MUS097: Applied Music: Oboe Home
Private music lessons.
MUS098: Applied Music: Bass Home
Private music lessons.
MUS099: Applied Music: Violin/Viola Home
Private music lessons.
SOCS04A: Constitution & Amendments Home
In this course, the various founding documents of the United States of America – the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the Bill of
Rights, and the 27 Amendments to the Constitution (which is therefore often called a "living document") – will serve as occasions for exploring US and global history. We will
focus on the social, political, economic, and cultural struggles through which these documents came to be, and examine how events shaped the documents and how the documents,
in turn, shaped events, requiring us to switch perspectives and angles. We will thus discover and contrast both the United States envisioned in these documents, and the United
States that is revealed when studying their historical context and development. Thus will we discover something of the deeper historical forces and the interaction of
ordinary people and institutions. We will ask how do these key moments constitute the US and its history? How and where do such "founding" documents live, and who gives life
to a living document?
SOCS07A: Philosophical Puzzles Home
Philosophical thought experiments and paradoxes challenge our everyday thinking about the world and our place in it. In this course, we will examine classic thought
experiments and paradoxes including The Trolley Problem, Brains in Vats, Descartes' demon, Twin Earth, Newcomb's problem, Zeno's paradoxes, Hilbert's Hotel,
Teletransportation, Sorites, The Surprise Examination, The Ship of Theseus, Doomsday, and Sleeping Beauty. In reacting to these puzzles, we will learn how to analyze the
structure of arguments, determine whether they are persuasive, and--when they are not--argue that they are not. In addition, we will study how to construct persuasive
arguments of our own and present them clearly and effectively in writing. The course serves as an introduction both to the content and methods of philosophy.
SOCS08A: The Examined Social Life: An Introduction to the Social Studies Home
In this course, students will explore the many different ways that social theorists and social scientists have explored—and continue to explore—questions about the social
realm, including citizenship, identity, belonging, inequality, family, work, love, and loss, to name a few. Perspectives will include those from fields such as anthropology,
economics, history, politics, psychology, and sociology. Students will come away from this course with a sense of how various social studies perspectives can promote a
critical examination of one's own life, the lives of others, and their intersections.
SOCS09A: We are still here: Native American Cultures and Histories Home
This course is about the cultures, histories, and lives of Native Americans in North America. We will start with an overview of what life was like for Native peoples at about
the time that Europeans first arrived and invaded these lands. And then we will talk about some of the patterns of change that occurred after their arrival. We will then
shift our focus to talk about several specific societies And we will emphasize the current lives of Native peoples residing on reservations and in urban communities in the
United States and Canada. The readings will include autobiographies written by Native people that help us understand their lives today. We will also watch a number of
documentaries about Native life.
SPAN01A: Beginning Spanish I Home
Spanish ranks as the world’s second language in terms of how many people speak it as their native language. This course is an intensive immersion-style approach to learning
fundamental structures and acquiring high-frequency vocabulary of the Spanish language. The two-year sequence emphasizes proficiency and fluidity rather than detailed accuracy
and prepares learners for Intermediate Spanish at the college-level. Students are encouraged to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target language
and to study the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world in Europe and in Latin America through selected readings, films, songs, oral exposes, and multi-media presentations.
This is a two-year course sequence.
SPAN02A: Beginning Spanish II Home
See description for SPAN 01. Prerequisites: SPAN 01 or sufficient performance on Spanish Placement Exam.